Globalisation is exerting pressure on the environment, but it may also provide solutions. Could green be turned to gold? This article, written by Brendan Gillespie and Xavier LeFlaive of the OECD Environment Directorate, was featured in the OECD Observer, No. 261, May 2007.
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Public procurement, or the purchase of goods and services using public funds, covers a range of sectors where environmental issues are important, from the construction of highways and buildings to the supply of power, water and sanitation services and the use of vehicles.
This book reports on the results of a project examining links between public environmental policies and private environmental management, innovation and performance. It draws on data from over 4000 manufacturing facilities. It is the first project to examine these issuses across OECD countries.
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This report provides practical policy advice concerning the effectiveness and efficiency of alternative environmental policy innovations that encourage greater environmental improvements, and especially those related to EMS adoption.
Work has been undertaken on how national governments and other public authorities could generate both direct and indirect environmental benefits through greener public purchasing programmes and initiatives.